Where Are They Now? Class Notes from the Trachtenberg School Alumni

August 21, 2018

In Spring 2018, the following updates were submitted by alumni of the Trachtenberg School. Got an update to share? Email Amber Palmer-Halma and she will share it in future publications.

Tosin (Oluwatomisin) Ajayi, MPP ’17, is currently a data analyst in human resources at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Johanne Angers, MPA ’99, is now mentoring many junior professionals in the areas of World Bank operations in the Health sector in Eastern European and Central Asian countries. She has now reached over 37 years of service at the World Bank. Her MPA degree has greatly contributed to her success and professional growth. She will be retiring in October 2019, but looks forward to continuing to support the public sector. Johanne plans to stay in Washington, DC and engage in public sector related activities supported by non-governmental watch groups in the years to come and, with more time on her hands, to audit some of the classes offered to GW alumni.

Samantha Baker-Carr, MPP ’15, is the volunteer coordinator at Baltimore Community Mediation Center, where she manages volunteer mediators. She is a certified mediator in the Inclusive Model.

Jason Briggs, MPP ’13, was promoted to GS-14 at the Department of State this year, now covering foreign assistance for the South and Central region.  Jason is happy to recommend well qualified applicants for his old job in the office of Pakistan Affairs!

Matthew Buffington, MA ’07, is the communications director at NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. Matthew’s job is talking to scientists, researchers, engineers, and all around cool people at NASA as they work to understand the universe and settle the solar system.

Brent Bushey, MPA ’05, helped found an education nonprofit, the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center, in 2014 and has served as the executive director for over 4 years.

Neko Michelle Castleberry, MPP ’16, has been accepted into the Public Administration and Policy PhD program at American University for Fall 2018. She currently works for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Scott Collins, MPA ’06, became the city manager for Morro Bay, CA in late 2017. He and his wife, Kasey, and their two children, Lily Mae, 5, and Eli, 7, are enjoying life on the Central Coast.

John L. Cox, BA ’84, MPA ’86, continued in public administration and higher education. Dr. Cox is a community college president, participated in two Fulbright programs, and represented the US State Department in the India-US Higher Education Dialogue.

Peter Dame, MA ’93, relocated to the Chicago area after graduation, where he served in local government administration in Oak Park for 14 years. He became city manager of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and celebrated his 12th work anniversary there in April.

Rachel Decoste, MPA ’15, is the national director of the Congressional App Challenge, a congressional effort to encourage kids to learn how to code. Rachel has interacted with members of congress, spoken at national conferences such as SXSW, and managed an array of stakeholders. As director of a national program working on behalf of the US Congress, Rachel has used the skills acquired at TSPPPA to identify key stakeholders, survey key stakeholders, dissect longitudinal data, and manage a diverse set of staff and interns, as she studied in Bill Adams', J. Brinkenhoff, and Ms. Marquez's classes.

Teresa Derrick-Mills, PhD ’12, has been promoted to principal research associate at the Urban Institute.

Eva DuGoff, MPP ’08, joined the faculty in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Services Administration.

Andrew Dumont, MPP ’12, edited a book on the potential of regional food system investments to advance community and economic development in low- and moderate-income communities.

Gregory Feldman, MPA ’12, was recently promoted to associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he works as a management consultant. And, come this June he'll be married to a fellow Colonial, Greta Twombly, BA ’10.

In late March, Amy Fredregill,  MPP ’02, started as the Managing Director of the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition at Environmental Initiative.

Alex Freidin, MPA ’06, has been working with Grant Thornton as a consultant to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for the past seven years. Alex has focused on streamlining importation processes, trade policy enhancements, preclearance expansion, and improving duty collections.

Liz Glaser, MPA ’16, began her role as a manager on the Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships team at America's Promise Alliance in late 2017. Liz supports the GradNation campaign, which is a national campaign to increase the high school graduation rate to 90% by 2020.

Tom Glenn, MA ’74, DPA ’83, now has four novels and 17 short stories in print. He is currently being honored for his work in Vietnam and escape under fire when Saigon fell.

Tony Guerrero, MPA ’06, is a retired unit chief from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and now living in San Antonio, Texas.

Tracy Smith Hall, MPA ’93, is executive director of the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Office of Metropolitan Impact, a lecturer II in its MPA program, and host of Public Allies Metro Detroit, an AmeriCorp program annually serving 78 Detroit future leaders.

Grant Hauschild, MPP ’15, recently started as political director for U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). Senator Heitkamp's campaign is expected to be the most competitive Senate race in the country during the 2018 Election.

Zachary Hauser, MPA ’11, is a senior program officer with the Institute for Sustainable Communities where he supports locally-led low emissions development strategies and programs implemented in Asia.

Gretchen Hickey, MPP ’08, will be marking 10 years at OMB this June. She is a policy analyst in the Budget Analysis Branch and has been at OMB through two Presidential transitions.

Elizabeth Holland, MPA ’91, is still loving health policy at HHS/CMS after 26 years. Elizabeth’s daughter has the public service bug and is headed to Benin for the Peace Corps in the fall.

Katie Howard, MPA ’16, is a senior consultant n Deloitte's Federal Human Capital practice. She leads change management for digital enablement projects in federal health and is a leader of Deloitte's Government/Public Sector Human Capital Trends perspective.

Huda Ibrahim, MPP ’17, is currently a presidential management fellow at the the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of African Affairs.

Stuart Karaffa, MPA ‘17, has become a management and program analyst at the Department of State since graduating. Specifically, Stuart works in the Office of Program and Policy Analysis at the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations.

Miriam A. Kazanjian, MPA ’78, an independent consultant on international education and government relations, this year was awarded the Modern Language Association/ADFL award for distinguished service to the profession. Kazanjian works with the Coalition for International Education, a group of more than thirty national higher education organizations that she helped bring together in the 1990s and that she continues to guide. A specialist in international education, Kazanjian advocates on policy issues, federal programs and initiatives that promote global competence for U.S. students, ranging from K–12 to higher education to careers and the professions. Kazanjian is the first recipient of the award who serves the profession primarily through her exceptional advocacy work and spirited allegiance to a multilingual America. 


Patrick Kelly, MPP ’08, currently serves as the director for critical infrastructure policy at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency with the U.S. Department of Treasury. He is also the lead instructor of GW's CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service Program.

Vera Kiefer, MPA ’17, is a strategy and operations consultant with Deloitte's Federal practice. She joined the firm after developing innovative, cross-sectoral approaches to combat human trafficking – one of society's most intractable problems – through data.

Howard Kunik, MPA ’81, has been city manager in Punta Gorda, Florida since April 2005. “Come visit our town in Southwest Florida and enjoy Charlotte Harbor, pathway system and our downtown amenities.”

Saurabh Lall, PhD ’15, assistant professor at the University of Oregon, presented two papers on philanthropy and social entrepreneurship at the Sustainability Ethics and Entrepreneurship (SEE) Conference in Washington DC in March 2018.

Ryan LaPrairie, MPA ’12, currently runs a small consulting firm that provides services to international non-profit organizations. Ryan also leads change management initiatives for IBM.

Chelsea Lenhart, BA ’14, GC ’16, works for the Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General in the Washington, DC Office.

Shaleah Levant, PhD ’16, works as the regional assistant for environment, science, technology, and health at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok. She promotes U.S. policy on issues ranging from ocean plastic to hydropower in the Lower Mekong region.

Tara Lovrich, MPA ’99, just completed her 10th year as the township administrator in Manalapan Township, in Monmouth County New Jersey.

Alvin Manalo, MPA ’11, is currently with the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, he volunteers as the outreach coordinator for the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC), one of the largest astronomy clubs in the country.

Franklin Marks, MA ’70, now works in the US Department of Health and Human Services/Office of the Secretary. He does budget and procurement work. Previously he worked in the Federal Emergency Management Agency doing program work.

Cindy Mejia, MPA ’11, currently resides and works in Houston, Texas. Cindy is the chief of staff for the Senior Vice Chancellor/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Houston.

Eric Miranda, MPP ’17, now works on Medicare policy at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Washington, DC.

Natalia Molano, MPA ’09, has been a U.S. foreign service officer since 2009 and her current assignment is in Lima, Peru. She loves representing the United States and promoting international cultural exchanges.

Francisco Moris, PhD ’15, is a senior analyst at the National Science Foundation focusing on globalization metrics. Recently Francisco published “Intangibles Trade and MNEs” in the Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade. He is planning an international conference on GVCs and intangibles.

Zahra Moulvi, MPP ’09, is currently managing the evaluation of a portfolio of elections projects for USAID, in her capacity as an evaluation manager/M&E specialist for MSI's field office in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Steven Mumford, PhD ’18, has been hired as assistant professor in the University of New Orleans's political science department, where he will teach courses in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program starting this fall.

William Mutch, MPA ’95, is living in Colorado, managing the government relations firm he founded. He represents clients at the Colorado General Assembly, in addition to handling issues at the local and Federal government levels.

Ray Oman, MPA ’76, DPA ’83, is initiating two research, writing, publication efforts: The first uses evidence based research to assess and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of selected government programs and the second assess the demographic, economic and geographic aspects of Puerto Rico.

Mark Osmack, MPA ’16, continues to serve in the Army Reserve and is currently running for U.S. Congress in Missouri's 2nd Congressional District.

Francesco Paganini, MPA ’03, moved back to DC in 2015 to work for the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance in USAID as a disaster operations specialist. On the personal front this May Francesco will have his third child and this December he will celebrate ten years of happy marriage!

Anthony “Tony” Palermo, MPA ’93, is assistant director of community development in the City of Fort Myers, Florida. He enjoys the challenges of local government, planning and zoning in SW Florida.

Lauren Pearcy, MPP ’11, is living in Nashville working for the State of Tennessee at the Council on Developmental Disabilities. Lauren met her husband, Sam Pearcy, MPA ’11, at TSPPPA in 2009, and now they have two children.

Suzanne Petroni, PhD ’11, recently started her own consultancy after 25 years in government, philanthropic and non-profit organizations. At www.genderequalitysolutions.com, she supports others to design and implement gender-equitable global development programs.

Robert Pickard, MPA ’89, retired from the Metropolitan Government of Nashville. Richard has been teaching US and World History for the past 15 years at Middle TN and TN State Universities, and Nashville State, Columbia State and Motlow State Community Colleges. He is a frequent Tennessean contributor.

Ronald “Ron” Rabbu, MS ’76, retired from federal service in several agencies in 2006. He moved to Florida's west coast near Tampa in 2015 and is enjoying the good life.

Christina Ritter, PhD ’07, is director of Patient Care Models Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Christina is responsible for designing new models testing delivery system reform concentrated in bundled and episode payment.

Senior Executive Service as Director of Patient Care Models Group, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Responsible for designing new models testing delivery system reform concentrated in bundled and episode payment.

Marco Rodriguez, MA ’03, is working for Pepsico Europe and has been living near Amsterdam since 2015.

Jonathan Rogers, MPP ’11, works for the District Department of Transportation and has recently helped create the District's policy and regulations for dockless bike sharing.

Lindsay Ryan, MPA ’15, left the Hill after six years and is now lobbying for the chemical distribution industry. Linday has also been married to fellow TSPPPA alumnus, Shane Ryan, MPA ’15, for over a year.

Cary Silverman, MPA ’00, is a partner in the Public Policy Group of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP in Washington, D.C. and an adjunct professor at GW Law School.

Peter Silverman, BA ’77, was recognized by the Franchise Times as their 2018 Legal Eagle. This is the 11th consecutive year that Peter has been recognized as a Legal Eagle, and in 2017 he was inducted into the Legal Eagle Hall of Fame.

Bill Skerpan, MPP ’15, started at city of Boulder, CO, as their new innovation and analytics manager, managing citywide projects fostering community initiatives around equality and inclusiveness, civic-minded startups, regional collaboration, and sustainability.

Gordon Sonnenschein, MPA ’15, and Katie Porter, MPP ’15, got married October 21, 2017, having met first semester at TSPPPA. They currently reside in Arlington, VA. Gordon works in consulting and Katie works for DC Public Schools.

Eric Stokan, PhD ’15, has recently accepted an assistant professorship of political science at UMBC where he will also teach in the public policy program. He has enjoyed his time at Towson University, but looks forward to this new opportunity.

Leslie Suelter, MPA ’85, had a 30+ year career working first in the not-for-profit sector and then in municipal government. Leslie retired from the City of Coronado, California as its director of administrative services in 2015.

Bob Tansey, MPA ’81, is senior china advisor at The Nature Conservancy, based at TNC's world office in Ballston. He gets to work on interesting challenges, like how to help the Belt & Road Initiative be green and sustainable.

Ryan Taylor, MPP ’12, is currently working at Amazon as senior product manager - tech on a brand new Advertising Technology team. Ryan continues to reside in Seattle where is he ready for the sun and summer to come to the PNW.

Ryan Thombs, MPP ’17, is currently a PhD student in the department of sociology at Boston College.

Philip Timm, MPA ’94, is currently a director - network field planning with Verizon Wireless at their Headquarters in Basking Ridge, NJ. He has been gainfully employed in the telecommunications industry for over 45 years.

Brenda Tobe, PhD ’85, is happily retired from the DC government, consulting and real estate. She and her husband John reside in Washington, DC enjoying the many leisure and cultural activities that the area offers.

Haozheng Wang, MPP ’17, is still in the states, finishing his OPT session. Haozheng has received an offer from E&Y China and will return Shanghai later this year.

Robert Weiner, MPA ’82, continues in his role as vice president, development at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Katie Willoughby, MPA ’11, is currently serving as the CFO for the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia and manages financial education, benefits administration, and insurance for 68 churches in half the state. She is recently engaged and volunteers regularly in Savannah.